Feeling stressed? A calming cup of tea could help.There’s no doubt that the last year or so has been stressful. With the pandemic raging around the world and Sydney's yo-yo-ing in and out of lockdown disrupting everyday life, it’s no wonder that stress and anxiety are at an all-time high. With so much changing, often with little to no warning, it’s understandable that people are finding ways to at least maintain a little normality in their everyday lives. It’s the little things like a calming cup of tea that help relieve the stress we’re all feeling. Let’s take a look at the ways a simple cup of tea can help get you through a tough week and help you maintain some routine.
Tea can help calm the mind and elevate your mood
Tea has been an incredibly popular drink of choice for many years for good reason. People have testified to the calming effect of tea for centuries, and it has been shown that tea has a huge range of mental health benefits, specifically from the tea catechins that are found in the hot drink. These catechins are antioxidants that can help individuals feel calmer while also assisting with memory function and attention.
Green tea is a wonderfully cleansing and restorative drink if you need a bit of help calming down your mind after a long day.
A cup of tea can help reduce and relieve stress levels
Anyone who is a regular tea drinker can attest to the fact that sitting down and having a cup of tea can help to drastically reduce their stress levels. But it goes deeper than that Researchers have found that drinking tea is scientifically proven to lower the stress hormone cortisol One study has suggested that drinking tea is also linked to a positive mindset and an increased feeling of relaxation by mediating stress levels.
Peppermint tea is a great option to help relieve feelings of stress.
Tea as part of your everyday routine
Upheaval and uncertainty have the power to leave us feeling out of sorts and powerless. When life gets complicated or uncertain one of the best things you can do for yourself is to try and stick to some semblance of a routine. By sticking to a routine that you know, it can help to both relieve stress and anxiety but will also help you feel like you still have some sort of control over events. Even the simplest act of punctuating your day with a calming cup of tea first thing in the morning, as an afternoon pick-me-up or when you get home from work can help you to regroup and maintain your focus and productivity during trying times.
We love Earl Grey to maintain your usual routine and add some zest back into life.
Tea for self-care and mindfulness
You could even use a tea break as a form of self-care or incorporate it into a moment of mindfulness and meditation. There's nothing more peaceful than holding a cup of steaming tea in your hands while you let your mind unwind. What's more, it helps keep your fluid levels topped up so that you are less prone to illness, particularly during cold and flu season.
When life gets unpredictable, the best thing you can do for yourself is to try and maintain a stable and healthy routine to keep your stress levels under control. Taking the time for your usual cup of tea is just one way you can introduce physical and mental health benefits into your day. And, if you want to get a little adventurous with your tea options, you have so many flavours and blends to choose from at The Tea Collective.